A sun-filled Autumnal day, a group of friends on their trusty steads and the open road; what more could you ask for? We started with breakfast at Tramsheds Harold Park, an area rich in architectural history, before heading north through the leafy surrounds of Castle Hill, Dural and Galston Gorge. Open winding roads welcomed our crew, before pausing briefly at Hawkins Lookout to take in the sweeping views over the Hawkesbury river. Steep switchbacks ran down the Old Northern Road bringing us to Wiseman’s Ferry and one of life’s unspoilt pleasures; a car ferry ride across still water in the sunshine.
From the ferry, the road follows the contours of the river for an hour or so of superb riding conditions with sweeping turns complemented by the dappled light coming through the trees. Stopping at the ‘Hub of the universe’, at least this is what the sign says of the tiny town of Spencer, the General Store serves a tasty bacon and egg roll with a cup of strong black tea; just what you need after setting out early. Following the river, we linked up with the Old Pacific Highway heading further north towards Woy Woy before linking up once again with the Old Pacific Highway. Good roads, reliable bikes and good times.